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RACI Chart


A Responsibility Assignment Matrix, or a RACI chart, helps identify who the key players are on the various tasks for a project.  RACI stands for Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, and Informed.  RACI charts are a simple matrix used to assign roles and responsibilities for each task, milestone, or decision on a project.  For any task, the chart may assign one Responsible player and one Accountable player to be effective.  


The simple and visual tool is especially helpful during planning meetings for a larger project. 

PERT Chart


Program Evaluation Review Technique, or PERT, helps identify the individual tasks for a specific project.  Through a PERT chart, users are able to analyze the individual tasks that need to be completed, what the dependencies are for those tasks, and the conservative, expected, and liberal time estimates are.  In other words, a PERT chart is a project management tool that provides a graphical representation of a project's timeline.


Many users prefer PERT to a Gantt chart because PERT identifies the task dependencies; however, PERT charts can be more difficult to interpret. 

90 Days Before Trial Checklist (with Supporting Examples)


Whether your law firm has a trial almost every month, or you are heading into a trial for the first time in years, it is always most efficient to have a trial checklist.  What should you be focusing on 90-days out from trial or longer?  60-days before trial?  The week of trial?  Download your free Trial Preparation – Quick Reference Checklist, Detailed Checklist, and supporting Examples.  Start using the Microsoft Word® version documents today to customize for your upcoming trial.  You’ll be automatically signed up to receive productivity tips from Firm Focus.

A Fresh Look on Microsoft Outlook


Most attorneys and legal professionals are using Microsoft Outlook.  It is often a requirement to know how to use it when applying to work in a law firm.  Yet, nobody is ever really taught how to use Outlook.  We open it each day and use it to communicate to others and to calendar important deadlines.  There are many ways in which to customize your Outlook to contribute to working more efficiently and deliberately.  


Download a helpful tips sheet from Firm Focus to customize some of the functions of Outlook today.  Reach out to Sarah at Firm Focus for more helpful tips on using Outlook.

Productivity Apps Comparison Chart


All of the productivity apps on the market can really create a Pain in My App!  Too often we get a referral for a productivity app we should be using (Trello, Asana, Evernote, Todoist, Airtable), download the app, and end up abandoning it because it is overwhelming or does not have the functionality we need for our precious tasks and projects.  It would be absurd to purchase a new vehicle without first identifying what needs are important for our livelihood.  Choosing a productivity app to store your ideas, thoughts, strategies, tasks, and projects is no different.   


The Firm Focus Productivity Apps Comparison Chart provides the user with the preliminary questions to consider before investing time and money into a productivity app.  Download the chart today and feel free to reach out to Sarah at Firm Focus if you have further questions about any of these apps or on how to best identify your learning style. 

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